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The newest edition (2013) to own, with updates/additions
on December 28, 2012
Emmy journalist Bill Moyers with his celebrated documentary style, interviews Joseph Campbell (death 1987) over his life-long devotion to uncovering origins and uses of age-old myths. Campbell, a professor, talks the language that a novice on the topic can understand. His search for myths from all over the world, amid every civilization, and throughout the length of history itself, has been pared down to less than 6 hours in 6 episodes. But it's enough to inspire further investigation, and for those interested, more reading from author Campbell.
Even Moyers occasionally appears amazed, disconcerted, and/or mystified by Campbell's answers to his elementary questions. Campbell adds many personal anecdotes in his responses, along with bits of his vast mental data base of myths. Even humor. It's obvious he could spend hours answering every question. He attempts keeping it simple enough for the average intellectual to grasp. It became one of the most popular PBS presentations of the 20th century. If you've not seen the earlier DVD release, this new 25th edition, is definitely the own to own.
Campbell bring up faith, himself claiming none, but he saw a connection among many, if not all, forms of religion through recurring versions of the myths he uncovered in his life of research. Some will question placing a myth into the context of their components of faith. But religions of all kinds are often about beliefs, and many of them are scientifically not provable. Thus, religion is a faith. Unfortunately, we can't not record what Joseph Campbell found to be true as he physically passed out of his world of myth. It appears that Moyers was not giving up on his protestant faith, but that connection sure did produce some lively discourse between the two men.
"The Power of Myth" is an educational, philosophical, intellectual documentary. Expect nothing more, and rest assured that in the end you will have much to contemplate within your own mind. His connection of myth to religion, heroes, culture, and history is similar to artistic visual motifs that seem to repeat/reoccur throughout history, all over the world, without possible contact from one culture to another. Perhaps it proves there is a God connection of some sort after all.
The Hero's Adventure
The Message of the Myth
The First Storytellers
Sacrifices and Bliss
Love and the Goddess
Masks of Eternity
This 25th Anniversary Edition includes
And over 2 hours of bonus, material from Bill Moyers' releases.
Hear George Lucas' claim that Star Wars was in part inspired by Joseph Campbell.